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1903 Oldsmobile Curved-Dash runabout

Automobubbling in Nassau County, Florida

Theodore William Waas registered the first automobile in Nassau County, Florida in 1906. He owned an Oldsmobile Curved-Dash runabout, a popular model of the time known for its affordability and simple design. The car was powered by a 4.5 horsepower engine and had a top speed of 20 miles per hour. The car's open roof and minimal interior allowed for a unique driving experience, although only two people could ride at a time. The cost of the car was $650, which might have been a significant expense for the Waas family who had four children and lived in a small town. Come explore this set of records, the family of the two Theo's, the song behind the word "automobubbling," and even listen to an old scratchy 78 recording of the waltz performed by Bill Murray and orchestra back in 1905.

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1904 Death Certificate Isaac Brown

Nassau County Death Certificates 1904-1939

The records on this dataset consist of death certificates in which Nassau County was either the location of the death or burial. That’s an important distinction as not all of these individuals died within Nassau County. Please see the specifics for each record. Genealogists can find within these records the following information if known: name, sex, color, age, death date, death place, burial date, cemetery, birth date, birth place, residence, occupation, marital status, spouse’s name, father’s name, father’s birth place, mother’s name, mother’s birth place, death certificate number, and an image of the actual death certificate on file. Click on “more details” to see all the information for that individual. This additional information will appear in a popup (so make sure your not blocking popups). Click on the image link to view and/or download a larger image of the certificate. Microfilm of original records at the Florida Dept. of Health – Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida. Department of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Indexed by Amelia Island Genealogical Society....

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Free Genealogy Forms

The following forms will enable our membership to create and document their family history in a more organized manner. The number and types of these forms will increase over time as they are created. Starting out we have a basic set of forms that should encourage better record keeping. Each of these forms are fillable by you using your computer, or you can simply print them out and fill them in by hand. If you intend to fill them out on the computer, then you should first save a clean form each time before using it. In this manner you can simply pull up the form on your computer and continue working on it without losing all of your previous work. To fill out a form you must first save the form to your computer and then open it. Each of these forms uses a series of IDs to be created by you, the preparer. How you wish to number your forms is entirely your decision, but stay consistent with all forms. Individual Form An individual form should be filled out for each person you plan to research. It contains the needed information for you to record, analyze and source the evidence you find on an individual. It’s ID is called the PersonID. Each person should have their own unique PersonID. Family Group Sheet A family group sheet should be filled out for each family you plan to research. It contains the needed information for you to record, analyze and...

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The Nassau County Genealogist

The Nassau County Genealogist  – Change in Year-End Mailing Procedures

Considering increased postage and printing costs, the AIGS Board has made the decision to discontinue the automatic mailing of The Nassau County Genealogist issues remaining in members’ folders at year end.  This will apply only to members who reside locally (Nassau County); mailing will continue for out-of-county and Organization memberships. We are requesting that local members pick up their quarterly publication copies from their folders at our monthly general meetings.  If you are unable to attend the monthly evening meetings or there are other extenuating circumstances, and you are interested in having your copies, please contact the Membership Chair at membership@aigensoc.org to make alternative arrangements.  One possibility is for us to leave your copies at the Fernandina Beach Library front desk to be picked up during regular library hours.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter.  We look forward to seeing our local members at an upcoming monthly meeting!...

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Standing Interrogation for Sarah (Higginbotham) Braddock

In the process of filing a Southern Commission claim, each witness on behalf of the claimant is questioned by an official on behalf of the Claims Commission using a standard set of questions, which by Sarah’s replies to some of these questions, must have changed somewhat during the early 1870s. “The changes from the original form as presented in the first General Report and as amended in the second were not designed to affect the policy of the commission.” So the date the interrogation occurred on is important, as the questions asked and the order of them differ from the 1874 “final version” published online. When a claimant provides an answer it is listed to the left which specific question they answered, but not the question, and it’s very clear by Sarah’s ancestors the questions were ordered differently then the 1874 version. Sarah’s hearing was on 2 August 1872 at Fernandina, and was done by C. L. Robinson, Special Commissioner of the Commissioners of Claims. The packet starts with Sarah’s sworn testimony. Question 1 is a standard form that is filled out for each witness and signed by the special commissioner. This page appears out of order in the packet, stuck between pages 9 and 10. I present it first, however, since the packets contents was scanned in no particular order. Standing Interrogation The following questions will be put to every person who gives testimony: Question 1: What is your name, your age, your residence and how long has it...

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Will of John S Braddock, 1857 Page 1

Will of John S. Braddock, 1857

Found within Southern Claims Commission File #13525 is a copy of the will of John S. Braddock, written in 1857. In order for Sarah Braddock to file for the claim in 1872, she needed to prove she had legal authority over her husband, John S. Braddock’s property, since he was deceased. The commissioner labeled the will Exhibit B. This will is important for it’s identity of the 15 children of John and Sarah, their birth order, and for the identity of the 23 slaves by name and their approximate ages and sex. I found a copy of John’s will in Nassau County’s Land records too. There were noticeable differences in names of some members of the family. Exhibit B State of FloridaNassau County In the name of God amen — I John S. Braddock of the State and County aforesaid, planter, being of sound mind and in reasonal [sic] body health, do make, constitute and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. ~ And first I direct that my body be decently interred in some fit and proper place, and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my situation in life ~ and as to such worldly goods and estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows ~ First, I direct that all my just debts be paid — — I give and...

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Notes on Fernandina and Nassau County

From Our Place in Time – A Chronology of Putnam County, by Nancy Cooley Alvers and Janice Smith Mahaffey 1736-1742 – James Oglethorpe stationed Highlanders at Plaza San Carlos in present-day Fernandina (Old Town). August 9, 1807 – Don Domingo Fernandez awarded grant which included present-day Fernandina Beach. August 6, 1815 – Elizabeth Esabele Wiggins, free mulatto, resident of Fernandina, and her son, Carlos Clark, free negro, each received a grant of 300 acres on Lake George. 1816 – Fort San Carlos near Fernandina built by Spanish of wood and earthworks and armed with 8 to 10 guns. February 10, 1822 – John E. LeConte and ten men left Fernandina on a project to survey Florida’s interior. December 29, 1824 – Nassau, Florida’s tenth county, was named for the Nassau River and Nassau Sound which help to separate Nassau and Duval counties. The name of the county comes from a German state linked to William the Silent and William III of England who died in 1702, was brought from England during the English occupation. January 1, 1825 – The City of Fernandina was incorporated. February 9, 1842 – Fort Clinch was established on Amelia Island, north of Fernandina. 1855 – Florida’s first senator, David Levy Yulee, was granted a charter to build a railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key where steamships waited for transport up and down the Atlantic or across the Gulf. One link in New York-New Orleans route, the Florida Railroad would run through a small settlement, Deer...

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